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Hawk attacks man at Tufts Univ.

A hawk that attacked a man in Massachusetts. was to be released back to the wild Tuesday, just north of Boston.

The red-tailed hawk was captured Monday after she clawed a man Friday near a building at Tufts University in Somerville.

She was apparently protecting two chicks in her nest.

The man was knocked to the ground. "I had cuts and scratches on my head. And I was bleeding all over my head," Mike Doherty said.

He needed 15 stitches near his eyes.

The nest was removed, and the chicks have been given to other hawks.

Experts say the mother hawk won't be too upset - she was expected to have forgotten about her young by the time she was released.

Norman Smith, a wildlife expert at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton, Mass., says the hawk has a bracelet on her ankle so she can be tracked.

"The (new) parents," he said, "will actually feed them and they won't know the difference, and the parents will come in and say, 'Where have you been all this time?' and start feeding them right away."

"Then they'll go off on their own and hopefully grow up to be adult red tail hawks in the future."

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